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Offline pat

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My new HTPC
« on: Dec 06, 2010, 07:17 PM »
Iíve been dreaming of different setup for my HTPC system, the one I have been using, although fine, was just not what I originally had in mind. What I wanted was an actual HTPC (desktop style) case, a modest sound system and mid-range components that would allow playback of various video formats and sound and I'm not a big gamer, but I also like to play games now and again.  As my daughter is in need of a computer I decided to go ahead and give myself an early Christmas and do a little upgrading on the other and give her that and build my new HTPC.

So, here is what I came up with.

Case,  LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C33B
This is my first Lian-li case and Iím impressed with the quality although it is a full size case and is big, but itís also big inside and allows the use of a full size motherboard, video card, etc. Iím OK with this case, itís sharp looking and fits in nice on the shelf under the TV.

Power supply, Corsair TX series 650 watt These are nice units, I believe these are made by Seasonic. Very quiet, plenty of connections, overall great quality.

Motherboard, M4A87TD EVO
Here I was just looking for a mid range AM3 motherboard, didnít need or want on board video. After reading many reviews and my past experience with ASUS products I went with this one.

Processor, Here I made an adjustment to my original plans. I was going to go with a Phenom 2 dual core in the 3.0 GHz range, but since the Phenom 2 X4 @ 2.8 GHz was on Black Friday sale with the motherboard I had already picked out with a $60 combo savings, I went with it. Iím sure it will be plenty for what Iím using it for.

Ram, Nothing special here, just went with a Crucial DDR3 1333 2x 2 gig kit. Itís fine for this and was priced right at $53. It seems like ram prices are on the way down again.

Video, Here I splurged at bit, for me at least, I normally wouldnít spend this much on a video card ($199) but, I plan on this system lasting for a while. I went with the SAPPHIRE HD 6850 Video quality is great, quiet fan, cool temps and sound over HDMI is very good. I plan on trying some games soon to see how that goes. The reviews I read on the 6800 series cards are very positive, it has been a long time since Iíve bought an AMD (ATI) card and Iím not disappointed.

For an optical drive I used the LG Bluray drive mentioned in a different poast. For a hard drive I just used a WD 640 I had in my main system that I was dual booting Vista on. I hardly ever used that so why not. Ideally I would have gone with a SSD drive, but that is just not in the budget at this time. I also moved my Aver Media TV tuner with the remote over. I did pick up an Logitech Z523 2.1 speaker system I have these connected to my TV out so I can use them whenever I watch the TV. Iím actually pleasantly surprised at how well they sound. Iím sure they donít compare to a amplified 5.1 or better sound system, but really, they sound pretty good and at half off, Iím not complaining. I had a copy still of Windows 7 64bit from the 3 pack I bought when it first came out so I was covered there.

Well, thatís about it. Everything went together well and Iím still installing data, but Iím sure Iíll be set for a while.
(Or until the upgrade monster strikes again ;))

I'll get a picture or two up soon.
« Last Edit: Dec 06, 2010, 09:00 PM by pat »
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Re: My new HTPC
« Reply #1 on: Dec 06, 2010, 08:25 PM »
Nice. What are you using for power supply?

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Re: My new HTPC
« Reply #2 on: Dec 06, 2010, 09:00 PM »
Thanks, missed getting that in there. Edited my post to include it.

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Re: My new HTPC
« Reply #3 on: Dec 06, 2010, 10:39 PM »
You will love the Corsair power supply. I have one and it is very quiet with excellent voltage regulation.

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Re: My new HTPC
« Reply #4 on: Dec 07, 2010, 07:41 AM »
Sounds pretty impressive; I hope it lives up to your dreams.

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Re: My new HTPC
« Reply #5 on: Dec 07, 2010, 06:11 PM »
The Logitech speakers look like they have a large subwoofer. Is it as big as it looks? If so, I suppose it gives off that much more bass.

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Re: My new HTPC
« Reply #6 on: Dec 08, 2010, 05:33 AM »
Well, it measures about 10" high, 9" wide and 9" deep. It produces a nice deep sounding base and is adjustable so it doesn't take over.
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